Date: 6/23/2005

St. Mary Medical Center offers innovative program on holistic practice of healing touch

St. Mary Medical Center will host an innovative program called Healing Touch designed to help health care professionals and other interested individuals learn the holistic principles of the mind-body connection as it relates to healing.

The program, certified by Healing Touch International and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses’ Association, would be beneficial for nurses, doctors, body therapists, counselors, psychotherapists and any care-giving individuals who desire to have an in-depth understanding of healing work using energy-based concepts.

“Healing touch is a complementary care giving technique. It doesn’t replace modern medicine. Rather, it enhances the care we provide to patients as it enables us to help them heal,” says Linda Aimone, RNC, CHTP. As a certified healing touch practitioner, Aimone uses the practice of healing touch in her daily work as a nurse. The techniques help her ease patients’ fears and put them in the state of mind they need to be in to best heal before, during and after their hospital stay.

The upcoming Healing Touch seminar will feature Janice A. Ackerson, CHTP/I, a private practitioner in Edwardsburg, Mich., who serves as administrator of Healing Touch at the Cass County Council on Aging and Our Lady of The Pokagon Band of the Pottawatomie Indians Health Services. Ackerson has written and teaches “Create Your Own Healing Robe Class” and has given numerous workshops, classes and daily clinics on healing touch.

Healing Touch, Level 1 will take place from 9 a.m. — 6 p.m., July 16-17 at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. The class will be worth 18 continuing education contact hours. Cost is $275 for basic tuition, $250 for HIT or AHNA members or $150 for full-time students or repeat attendees. Advanced registration is required by calling Linda Aimone at 219-884-9668.


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The seminar will teach the basics of Chakra and energy systems, centering, intervention techniques to help with specific physical and emotional problems, principles of self-healing, and the personal development of the healer.

For those who wish to learn more about Healing Touch before signing up, a free introduction to the practices will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 29 at St. Mary Medical Center Patient Tower Conference Rooms 3 and 3A. While this program is free, advanced registration is required by calling 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.

Healing Touch International is a non-profit membership and educational corporation established in 1996 to administer the Healing Touch Certification process. The corporation is responsible for the International Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Healing Touch Practitioners. The focus is on research, special interest groups, networking and support of membership.

The American Holistic Nurses’ Association is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the principles and practice of holistic nursing defined as “the renewing and enhancing of the art of nursing and caring for the whole person.”